Coast Guard Pinpoints Cause Of Cruise Ship Engine Room Fire

The Coast Guard Monday pinpointed the cause of the engine room fire that left a cruise ship and its passengers stranded in the Gulf of Mexico.

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MOBILE, Ala. (February 18, 2013)--The cause of the engine-room fire that disabled the Carnival cruise ship Triumph was a leak in a fuel oil return line, U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Theresa Hatfield said in a teleconference Monday.

Hatfield estimated that the investigation of the disabled ship would take six months.

The Bahamas is leading the investigation and the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are leading U.S. interests in the probe, she said.

She said investigators have been with the ship since it arrived Thursday in Mobile, and interviews have been conducted with passengers and crew.

The ship left Galveston on Feb. 7 for a four-day trip to Mexico.

The fire paralyzed the ship early Sunday, leaving it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico until tugboats towed it to Mobile, Ala.

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